Erika Dinesen has owned and operated Dance City Productions since 2000. Before opening her own studio, Erika taught at her mother's studio, Dance Expressions, for 9 years. Erika was born into the world of dance with her aunt and mother members of the Detriot City Ballet. Her early dance training included dancing at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. She trained with instructors such as Robert Davis, Gus Giordano, Joe Tremain, Frank Hatchet and Barry Latler.
Before owning Dance City Productions, Erika danced professionally for 13 years, performing and teaching around the world. She began her dance career after high school with Carnival Cruise Lines. She then traveled to Tokoyo, Japan to perform and also worked with Sea Escape and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.
Locally, Erika Dinesen performed with the Naples Dinner Theatre and Naples Philharmonic Pops and choreographed for the Children's Theatre. In 2003, Erika choreographed and performed at Jeb Bush's inauguration with an entertainment company she directed for 5 years.
Erika's competition teams have received many awards such as "Best Choreography," "Most Entertaining," 1st overall and "Best Studio." She values the
strengths of every student and believes that self esteem is an important focus.
Mandi's extensive background in dance started at 4 years of age in Osceola, Indiana where she participated for several years. She later attended the Chicago National Academy of Dance Masters Workshops and Competitions. Her teaching career started in the year 2000 back in Indiana where her initial training began. She moved to Florida in 2001 where she continued her dance education learning more forms of dance. She has attended many dance workshops and competitions to remain in the mainstream of dance. Mandy spent 4 years coaching the Golden Gate Competition dance team. She has been on semi-pro football and basketball dance teams including the Florida Firecats, The Florida Flame, and the Sea Dragons.
We are fortunate to have Mandi guiding our students in their dance education.
Registered Royal Academy of Dance Teacher since 1988.
Several years of performing as corps and soloist (classical ballet) through 1982 with Mohawk Valley Performing Arts Co. and Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company, among others
Owned and operated small ballet school in Central New York State(75-100 students) 1979-1995, prepared and entered students for annual exams
Taught all levels of ballet at Syracuse School of Dance 1979-1989, prepared students for annual performance and worked with Hartford Ballet/Syracuse Symphony’s annual Nutcracker performances
Taught RAD syllabus classes at CNY Dance Academy 1992-1995, prepared and entered students for annual exams
Taught ballet technique classes at Wilson School of Dance, Charlottesville, VA 1995-1996. Prepared students for annual performance
Designed, owned and operated “Balletschool” in Charlottesville, VA (400 students, staff of 7 teachers) from 1997 until I sold it in 2012. Worked with Moscow Ballet’sNutcracker 1999-2012, prepared students for exams and performances, hired staff, scheduling, budgeting, purchasing, inventory, parent conferences
Taught RAD syllabus, adult ballet andvariations classes, all levels, prepared students for performances at Etudes de Ballet, Naples, FL, 2009-2013
Taught recreational ballet classes at Dancer’s Edge, Naples FL, 2012-13
Teach a mix of Vaganova, Bournonvilleand RAD styles plus floor barre, children’s tap, jazz and lyrical at Dance City Productions, Naples, FL, 2012-present
Royal Academy of Dance Teachers’ Training College, London, England
Colby Sawyer College Dance Program, New London, NH
Royal Academy of Dance required annual Continuing Professional Development courses including summer courses at University of Surrey, University of Washington, Excel with Business
Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher Status1988-present
Royal Academy of Dance Lifetime Member Status 2015
Royal Academy of Dance Teacher Training Mentorship
Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts, Richmond, Virginia, Presidential Citation
Western Albemarle High School Independent Study Mentor: Dance Studies
Julie Furrer, a native of St. Louis, MO, is the “Professional Advancement Award in Dance” recipient from the renowned School at Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Chet Walker. She graduated on scholarship from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, CA, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Theatre. Growing up, Julie received many regional & national awards and titles, as well as being recognized as one of “Dance Spirit’s Future Rising Stars” finalists. Being a well-versed AEA performer, Julie has studied with numerous tap legends at the Saint Louis Tap Festival started by Professor Robert L. Reed, Lisa Hopkins, Artistic Director of Tap Kids, River North Dance Company Chicago, and at STEPS on Broadway in NYC. She was an associate choreographer for Labrinth's "Express Yourself" music video alongside the French directing duo, Jonas & Francois, who have directed music videos for such legends as Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Iggy Azalea. Julie appeared in the opening number for the 30th annual Lucille Lortel Awards in NYC and in the off-Broadway show “Shake The Floor”. She danced for ABC in Disneyland’s “A Christmas Fantasy”, FOX premiere of “Mobbed” hosted by Howie Mandel and choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo, and in numerous Broadway productions at The MUNY in St. Louis. Julie is a well sought after regional and national winning choreographer, teacher, and judge. She has had the pleasure of being the Lead Dance Instructor at AMDA's High School Conservatory Program in New York City for the past 2 summers as well as on the Dance Faculty at AMDA NY College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Most recently, Julie was awarded the ADCC 2017 Industry Excellence Award for Top Show/Event/Tour Manager held in Las Vegas. She is the Show Director for Beyond The Stars Competition, has had the honor to be on the tap faculty with REVEL, and is also the Co-Owner/Founder of J.Fuzed Studios: a competitive dance music editing service. Follow her journey @givemeawink.
Choreographer, performance artist and modern ballet dancer Gabija Bīriņa is one of the most imaginative and vehement dancers in her generation. Gabija’s passionate and sensual performances has won her acclaim in Latvia and abroad. She studied in Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in Copenhagen, as well as have had masterclasses in Paris, New York and Tbilisi. After work in Latvian National ballet company Gabija focused on creation of her original choreographies for several significant concert shows and Cabarret. As the dancer Ms Bīriņa has collaborated with main Latvian choreographers such as Indra Reinchold in the modern ballet shows, Lilija Lipora in dance theater company’s STARS WELL produced shows and Līga Lasmane dance shows. Ms Birina has participated in different international dance festivals in Turkey, Sweden, Israel and Great Britain.